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Yesterday the media incorrectly reported that the City of Toronto’s 2013 surplus projection is $158.611 million.

The correct amounts as reported by the City are as follows.

  • A net variance or surplus of $99 million for the six-month period ended June 30, 2013.
  • Projections indicate that the year-end net surplus is anticipated to be $58.544 million.

Read the City’s explanation here.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

NEWS RELEASE

August 30, 2013

City of Toronto reports net surplus of $99 million

It has been incorrectly reported in the media today that the City’s 2013 surplus projection is $158.611 million. In fact, this figure represents the variance on Gross Expenditures and does not factor in variances in Revenue and the final net surplus.

The City of Toronto today reported a net variance or surplus of $99 million for the six-month period ended June 30, 2013. Projections indicate that the year-end net surplus is anticipated to be $58.544 million.

Read more of City of Toronto 2013 Year-End Net Surplus is Anticipated to be $58.544 Million

Here are some great events in Quebec and Ontario, Canada.

  • Most events are FREE.

This video presents “Lunch at the Mackenzie King Estate Aug 11, 2013.”

  • “Lunch at the tearoom
    Gatineau, Quebec”

NCC's image: Grand Reopening of the Mackenzie King Estate.

NCC’s image: Grand Reopening of the Mackenzie King Estate.

Enjoy the End of Summer in Ottawa, the Capital of Canada!

DISCOVER THE HILL INTERPRETATION PROGRAM — ON UNTIL MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2013

  • The Discover the Hill outdoor interpretation program is an excellent complement to the Centre Block tour which continues all year long.
  • The public is invited to gain a better appreciation of the importance of Parliament Hill via the following activites.
    • Visiting the Parliament Hill Visitor Welcome Centre.
    • Enjoying a tour using the FREE Discover the Hill Outdoor Self-Guiding Booklet
    • Walking “In the Footsteps of Great Canadians” during a FREE 45-minute guided tour of the grounds.
    • Downloading the Capital tours application to discover the people, traditions and secrets of Parliament Hill.
  • The Discover the Hill interpretation program runs until September 2, 2013.
  • For more information, the public can visit the Capital Information Kiosk, located in the World Exchange Plaza, 111 Albert St, Ottawa, daily from 9 am to 6 pm.

INTERPRETATION OF THE NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL — ON UNTIL MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2013

  • Confederation Square, Ottawa, is Canada’s place of remembrance.
    • The monuments found there include the National War Memorial, The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier and the Valiants Memorial.
  • Visitors can learn more about the history, symbolism and importance of these monuments by speaking and sharing stories with the National Capital Commission (NCC) interpreters stationed at Confederation Square daily from 10 am to 5 pm.
  • For more information on the National War Memorial and The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier, please visit the Veterans Affairs Canada website at www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

Special Weekend Event to Showcase the Mackenzie King Estate’s makeover and to Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Gatineau Park with Activities at the Mackenzie King Estate.

FREE Admission to Mackenzie King Estate.

All activities are FREE except where noted.

There is an access fee for vehicles using the Mackenzie King Estate parking lot.

Mackenzie King Estate
Mackenzie King Road, Chelsea, Québec

Experience Nature – Saturday, August 31, 11 am to 5 pm

Family Fun Day – Sunday, September 1, 11:30 am to 5 pm

Celebration Picnic – Monday, September 2, 11 am to 5 pm

Contact Info: Call 819-827-2020, 1-800-465-1867, 613-239-5090 (TTY) or 1-866-661-3530 (toll-free TTY)

  • Discover the life and times of Canada’s 10th prime minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King, at the Mackenzie King Estate.
    • Set in the Gatineau Hills, this country estate was his summer home and inspiration for almost 50 years.
    • The Estate features colourful heritage gardens, walking trails, picturesque ruins, and King’s original cottages.
    • Come and experience the beauty of a unique natural and heritage landscape, which is just a short drive from Parliament Hill.
  • Furthermore, the National Capital Commission (NCC) recently announced the completion of the Mackenzie King Estate’s makeover in Canada’s Capital Region!
    • Come see what’s new at the Estate this weekend, as Canadians celebrate Gatineau Park’s 75th anniversary!
      • The new improvements will be unveiled during the Labour Day long weekend.
    • Games and crafts for kids, face painting, photo booth, vintage cars, encounters with historians — and much more!

The NCC invites the public to take this opportunity to see what’s new at the Estate and to discover, or rediscover, its beauty.

  • A host of activities will take place this weekend to mark the Estate’s grand re-opening.
  • Visitors can enjoy a picnic lunch, explore the restored cottages and extensive grounds, have a piece of anniversary cake, and take part in a variety of the following fun-filled activities — as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of Gatineau Park.

Celebratory activities at the Mackenzie King Estate during the Labour Day long weekend are as follows.

Read more of You’re Invited: Canadian Events Aug.30-Sept.28 + Toronto & TTC Alerts 2013

The City of Toronto wants your input at two upcoming public consultations in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

This video (32:01) presents “Toronto Island Airport Dilemma.”

  • Porter Airlines seems to have been a commercial success and now, it wants to expand.
  • Expansion plans call for the introduction of “whisper” jets and a runway extension into Lake Ontario.
  • The Agenda examines the pros and cons of an expanded Island airport. Does Toronto need it? Does Toronto want it?

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

Public Consultation on Use of Jets at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

  • There is a request from Porter Airlines to amend the 1983 Tripartite Agreement between the City of Toronto, the Government of Canada, and the Toronto Port Authority (TPA) to permit the landing of commercial jets at Billy Bishop Toronto Centre Airport (BBTCA).
    • At City of Toronto’s May 7 meeting, Toronto City Council asked City staff to undertake a review of this request.
      • The review excludes the following:
        • an expansion into the Toronto Islands Park,
        • an expansion of the current Marine Exclusion Zone
        • and any change to existing airport noise guidelines.
    • Please note that the Tripartite Agreement governs the operation of BBTCA.
      • The agreement places restrictions on the types of aircraft that may be operated at the airport, hours of operation, noise conditions and access to the facilities.
      • The Tripartite Agreement may be amended with the written consent of all parties.
        • Any amending agreement would be brought back to Toronto City Council for approval before being signed.
      • The City of Toronto, the TPA and the Government of Canada each own part of the lands on which the airport is located.
  • The focus of the consultation is to assess how changes to the airport would impact the city, including the ongoing revitalization of the waterfront and nearby communities on the water’s edge.
  • Specific issues to be considered include:
    Read more of Your Input: Use of Jets at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport + Communities’ Cultural Infrastructure
The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of Quebec / Le ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ)

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of Quebec / Le ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ)

The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of Quebec / Le ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ), in collaboration with the company L’Atelier des Délices (located at 278, route 138, à Neuville, Quebec, Canada)  is warning the public not to consume the products of this company, which are described below because the food was not prepared to ensure safety.

Read more of Quebec Food Recall: Certain Prepared Foods Packaged in Glass Jars

Maple Bacon Jam Topping on the Cronut Burger at the Toronto CNE

Maple Bacon Jam Topping on the Cronut Burger at the Toronto CNE

This is an update to the previous blog: Toronto CNE Food Borne Illnesses: TPH Samples of Cronut Burger Contaminated by Staphylococcus Aureus.

  • As of 8 a.m. today, Toronto Public Health (TPH) has received 223 reports from CNE visitors who experienced gastrointestinal symptoms after consuming food at the CNE from August 16 to August 20.
  • The only common food consumed by those who were ill is the cronut burger sold by Epic Burger and Waffles.
    • Symptoms of illness ranged from an upset stomach to more serious symptoms, including diarrhea, fever, vomiting, abdominal cramps and dehydration.

Here are the most recent results of TPH’s ongoing investigation on an outbreak of food-borne illnesses at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Read more of Toronto CNE Food-Borne Illnesses: Cause is Contaminated Maple Bacon Jam Topping on The Cronut Burger

Torontonians may apply for appointment to the vacant office of Councillor Ward 3 Etobicoke Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

To be eligible for appointment to this office a person must be:

  • a Canadian citizen,
  • at least 18 years of age,
  • a resident of the City of Toronto, or own or rent property in the City of Toronto (or be the spouse of the owner or renter), and
  • not legally prohibited from voting, or from holding municipal office.

An information session will be held on Wednesday, September 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall for anyone interested in being considered for the appointment.

Read more of Torontonians May Apply for Vacant Office of Councillor Ward 3 Etobicoke Centre by Noon Sept.26, 2013

Mayor and Members of Council invite you to celebrate the

Official Opening of

Concord Thornhill Regional Park Artificial Turf Senior Soccer Field

FREE Admission

299 Racco Parkway, Thornhill, Ontario, Canada
(west of Dufferin St., south of Hwy. 407)

Monday, September 16, 2013
6:00pm

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
Complimentary Refreshments
Soccer Game Activities

Read more of Invite: Opening of Concord Thornhill Regional Park Artificial Turf Senior Soccer Field Sept.16, 2013